This is an outstanding anthology. It contains extended reflections on Russell’s idea that our notion of causation is a relic of stone-age metaphysics, which fails to fit contemporary physics and thus deserves elimination (‘On the Notion of Cause’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 13, 1913, pp. 1–26). It will be of interest to anyone interested in causation or the physical image of the world, and to anyone interested in reconciling the manifest and scientific images.

The question of fit : Virtually every contributor agrees with Russell that folk causation does not fit the scientific image, though for different (albeit compatible) reasons. For some the problem is that causal relations are local while laws are global, concerning entire hypersurfaces of back light cones. For others the problem is that causation is asymmetric while laws are time symmetric. Still others take the problem to arise for reasons...

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